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IS NVIDIA SLI(scalable link interface) worth its money ??

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som_ruffy

Right off the assembly line
:idea:
THE LATEST GIZMO FOR NVIDIA FANS IS THE NEW
DUAL NVIDIA CARD SLI(scalable link interface)
to connect two NVIDIA CARD TO GET FERRARI PERFORMANCE! :roll:

* Topic moved to Hardware Reviews for discussion
Sourabh
 

infernus

Broken In
It is only for the filthy rich. I mean, while people are striving to get a single PCI-e card, two PCI-e card is far out of reach. And then you gotta buy a mobo supporting the feature. But it certainly give a whopping boost in gaming perfomance. But at present a number of games will not run at all with SLI.
If youve got the dough and a passion for gaming, this is the thing for you.
And BTW, did you guys know, many mobos have been released which supports both PCI-e and AGP.
 

ammusk

Journeyman
worth its money when only the rich can get their filthy hands on it??
why should they even bother to see if it is worth the money??
 

godzi_85

In the zone
hmm sli is also suitable for the middle class log.. lol

say in 45k you can get a good sli rig.. no kidding.. cause now even the 6200 have been introduced as sli capable cards..

plus with the latest release of nvidia drivers you no longer need two identical cards with same bios to run in sli..you can any two 6600 gt`s , any two 6800 gt`s in sli... which is great news.. cause this means that you no longer need to spend a lot of money now buying sli pack .. you can buy one now. and one later.. when the price falls which is absolutely good news!!!
and with driver/bios releases sli has become a lot better then what it was when it first came out...
 

raj14

In Deniel
Cool! but to get kickAss performance from SLi, combine, two GeForce 7800GTXs!!!!! Doom 3 Got 90fps! on High quality with 4x AA and 8x AF!!!! Awesome! But wait! the price of that card is 44k! so you really have to be filthy rich to own that. on the other hand, two 6600GTs also make a Hell like couple and post some very high FPs, IMO wish two Gigabyte 3D1s running in SLi, theywill post superb scores! cause each 3D1 contains two 6600GTs built in, so that makes a total of four 6600GTs! thus creating lot of havok!
 

deathvirus_me

Wise Old Owl
worth if only u think af 2x6800GT or above .... there wont be much performance difference between a oc'ed 6800GT and 2x6600GT in sli ....
 

devilhead_satish

In the zone
Its only for spoilt brats really. Its not exactly worth it. I'd reccomend it only for Graphic Designers. You know there's something better one year down the line. Thats being a bit too pessimistic but still.
 

raj14

In Deniel
tere is a diffrence, if you look at it, two 6600Gts make one 6800GT, so four will actually be two 6800GTs
 

rohanbee

Padawan
saving up to get a sli rig too..................
............WHY DO THINGS HAVE TO BE SO EXPENSIVE IN INDIA ..................WHY MR.FINANCE MINISTER WHY???? :cry: :cry: :cry:
 

AlienTech

In the zone
lot of confusion continues to swirl around what is and isn't SLI. Shortly after the technology's arrival, some board manufacturers started coming out with "near-SLI" implementations. MSI, for example, released an nForce4 Ultra board with an x16 and an open-backed x4 slot. By using early versions of NVIDIA's driver, this enabled the board to deliver SLI-type functionality that came within 5% to 10% of true SLI. NVIDIA quickly altered their drivers to prevent such approaches from working.

More recently, DFI's NF4 Ultra-D motherboard went to market with two x16 slots but no SLI bridge included. Like VIA, DFI maintains that the twin slots are meant to enable three- and four-head video output, not SLI. However, one prominent Web site shows how the Ultra chip can be easily modded with a #2 pencil (yes, seriously) and effectively turned into an SLI—the chip construction is that similar­—thus turning the Ultra-D into an SLI motherboard. NVIDIA is reworking the Ultra chip to prevent this mod from working in the future, and subsequent Ultra-D boards will carry the updated chip.


http://www.reselleradvocate.com/public/ram/issues/ram40/ram40_chipsets_coverstory02.html
 

AlienTech

In the zone
How about DLI?

In conclusion, M1695 is definitely something that have surpassed my expectations. Not only does it support both AGP 8x & PCI-E x16, it supports Dual PCI-E x 8 and it has remarkable overclockability. I look forward to seeing retail boards based on this chipset. For those who have high end AGP 8x cards and wants future upgradeability to PCI-E (Single/Dual*) and wants to overclock like mad, M1695 is definitely worth the wait.

http://www.ocworkbench.com/2005/uli/m1695/dualpcie-4.htm
 

akshayt

Wise Old Owl
Does sli capable cards even come below 6600?

Also,rather than takeing 6600gt sli , take 6800gt
rather than taking 6800gt sli take 7800gtx

also,sli won't be supported (atleast) may not be supported in all games and might not give its full potential each time. check
so a 6800gt may overall be better

though future games may suport sli

also,only point 7800gtx sli or 512mb geforce 6800ultra
but won't you rather take the 7800gtx sli so rather go for that as it may be faster

min cost of sli abt 75-80k for cards
 

rohanbee

Padawan
havent heard of sli cards coming below the 6600........would be a good thing if they do though. On the other hand didn't sli just come with pci-express slot cards or are they compatible with agp slots too?? anyone got info on this?
 

Delpiero

Journeyman
rohanbee said:
havent heard of sli cards coming below the 6600........would be a good thing if they do though. On the other hand didn't sli just come with pci-express slot cards or are they compatible with agp slots too?? anyone got info on this?
No, nothing under 6600 supports SLI. There is no motherboard in this world which supports two AGP cards. SLI only applies to PCI-E cards.
 

darklord

Cyborg Agent
Nvidia has enabled SLI support for 6600 plain
So you dont need to have the sli goldfinger on the card to enable sli.
Just put the SLI selector card to dual card setup
Then put 2 6600 plain cards in the two slots,
install Forceware 77.72 drivers
and bang, you are now SLI ready with a 6600 plain card which costs merely 6-7k each.

Now you no longer need 6600GT or 6800 series card to enable SLI.

ISnt that great ?

Please note that there is a slight performance drop in performance without the SLI bridge which fits on the 2 cards normally.
But hey who cares if the drop is merely say 2%
 

rohanbee

Padawan
Thats quite good. Do you mean that we dont need the bridge for this?? is that what you meen when you say goldfinger? or am i mis interpreting it?

So for just slightly more than the price of a 6600gt we can get 2 plain jane 6600's and have the speed almost next to a plain 6800..

thats good news if it works without problems i.e

Would love to read a review from any person whose using such a setup in india though.
 

darklord

Cyborg Agent
rohanbee said:
Thats quite good. Do you mean that we dont need the bridge for this?? is that what you meen when you say goldfinger? or am i mis interpreting it?

So for just slightly more than the price of a 6600gt we can get 2 plain jane 6600's and have the speed almost next to a plain 6800..

thats good news if it works without problems i.e

Would love to read a review from any person whose using such a setup in india though.

See here is what actually happens -

You have Asus A8N-SLI Deluxe board but unfortunately you have broken/lost the bridge.

Now you buy 2 6600 plain cards that dont have the SLI gold finger,earlier necessary for the SLI to be enabled.
You put the convertor card on the board to dual grafix cards
you install the 2 6600 card in the 2 slots
you boot the PC
Install latest Nvidia Forceware drivers
reboot,
SLI ready setup is detected by drivers,
you go to driver menu to find that you have SLI enabled system. :wink:
 

ASH18MARCH

Journeyman
gping through the post i foud quiet alot of opnion saying its a waste of money i dont agree with this entirly reason one lets take for example one year from now 512 mb card scome out and suppose u have a 6800 with 256 mb now one thing is for sure the price of 6800 in futre when 512 car come will drop and that to drasticaly so it will be quiet sensible insted of selling your card and going for anew card its worth buying a another 6800 which by then will coast less and ofcourse most of the game swill support sli inter face

take another ex say for say 3d artist it a thumbrule if u are working with maya in order to do hard ware redering u need a qudro and it is aknow fact tha qudro suck at games so waht if the proffesional want to play game should he keep on changing card s thas not a option so sli can help such people when he works in 3d he use qudro when in game u use 66600 or any gamers card
 
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